Walt Gonzales
Walt Gonzales

Walt’s Jewelry has been a fixture in Fillmore for 30 years. Generations of engagements, marriages, birthdays and anniversaries have been celebrated with jewelry gifts from Fillmore’s only jewelry store.

Walt opened for business in November 1989 in the old Vons Shopping Center before moving to his current location on Central Avenue, across from the post office.

“I saw families grow over the years, and enjoyed watching them leave happy with their jewelry and repairs,” said Walt.

“I want to thank all the customers and friends who supported my business for all these wonderful years of gratifying labor. I received a lot of satisfaction offering them my services, accomplishing a job well done.”

The Fillmore Gazette first reported on Walt’s Jewelry in its December 21, 1990 edition. Walt talked about how he started out in Fillmore after Howard’s Jewelers closed on Central Avenue, and how the Persian Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, “put a damper” on business.

Walt’s phone number is (805) 990-5010 for any questions, advice or personal communications. Walt is offering a 30% discount on gold jewelry, and a 50% discount on silver. He will close business for good on February 29th, at 2 p.m.

Walt’s Jewelry will be missed!

 


 
Pictured above is Kasey at bat during one of her games at Dixie State.
Pictured above is Kasey at bat during one of her games at Dixie State.
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Fillmore, CA – 2018 Fillmore High graduate Kasey Crawford was honored along with her teammates during halftime at a recent Dixie State University basketball game. Kasey, along with her teammates, were awarded their rings for winning 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Softball Championship. Randy Simkins, the head softball coach said Kasey was "a player to watch in the 2020 season” where the Trailblazer are favored to win the championship and advance to the division 2 world series.”

At Fillmore High, Kasey earned four varsity softball letters, three-time first team All-League selection, garnered second team All-County honors, was two-time MVP, earned a Golden Glove award, and was a four-time academic All-League honoree.

Kasey is the daughter of Eric and Carina Crawford and is currently majoring in general studies.

 


 
Photo of the Week "King Tide wave crashing on boulders at Faria County Park" By Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @57mm. Exposure; ISO 200, aperture f/32, 1/40th second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week "King Tide wave crashing on boulders at Faria County Park" By Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @57mm. Exposure; ISO 200, aperture f/32, 1/40th second shutter speed.
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King Tide My Way
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Last week I began with the repeated question: "Why do I persevere in promoting the dead medium called photography?" One can presume the question is appropriate, given the increased quality of cellphone cameras to take respectable photographs.

Remember the portrait studios in J.C. Penney, Sears Roebuck and in just about every town in America? All gone except for a few private studios! Besides most professional photo studios going out of business, professional wedding photographers are struggling to survive. To save money, a growing percentage of brides request a relative with a 'camera' to shoot their wedding. Why not, considering the plethora of mediocre photos on Instagram, the population at large is used to so-so photos. Mediocre is becoming the new standard. Also, with the continuing decrease in newspaper subscriptions, the ranks of photojournalists are steadily decreasing.

Photographer Talbert McMullen, says "tastes, attitudes and values are changing as fast as technology. Cheap digital cameras with decent lenses and powerful zooms (and phones with triple cameras) take the worries out of casual photography. Unfortunately, such opportunities give many people the wrong perception of themselves and their abilities. Now they have the DIY attitude: “Why pay someone to do something that I can easily do myself?”

Conversely, the optimistic Phoblographer says, "In my honest opinion, professional photography is far from dead. Instead, I believe professional photography is thriving. Never before have I seen a collective group of people be so excited about the industry they’re working in. Never before have I seen professional photographers be so excited about all of the stunning new things that can be achieved with new cameras and new lens technology. Professional Photography is evolving for sure, but it’s not dying. Not by a long shot." Amen! The same applies to photography enthusiasts!

Remember photo prints? Photographer Tom McDermott concludes: "For now, the pro-studio is all but dead, due to the new national motto, "it'll do". America is all about cheap, equaling mediocrity. The term photograph means "a picture created with/by light". He who controls the way light affects a subject before pushing a button, and the interaction or lack-of, is the photographer, and amateurs armed with the best camera gear will be photographers, but never will they, or their pictures, be of 'professional' standards. As the pros disappear, and the void filled by Best Buy amateurs that charge money, a sad reality will come upon the world in 50 years when there is no real record of families, babies, graduates, weddings, and large family groups that no amateur can capture adequately to create family heirlooms that hang above the fireplaces."

Though it's obvious some forms of photography are no longer viable, there are other forms very much alive. Sports photography for example. Did anyone notice that every Super Bowl photographer was shooting with a dSLR camera? Not one pro shooting with a cellphone! Hmmm. Photography, in many forms, will be performed for decades to come. Count on it!

Photo of the week was made at Faria County Park on the last day of the King Tide, an extremely high tide! I selected this photo because it's an example of what I mentally envisioned as I programmed my 'camera' to achieve the desired result. I wanted to illustrate the power of the water and some blur to illustrate motion. If I had my 4-stop neutral density filter, I could have slowed down the shutter speed further for more motion blur without blowing out the highlights. As it was, I captured the characteristics of the wave as intended, impossible to achieve with, ahem, a cellphone. But you know that, don't you?

Send comments, questions or suggestions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 


 
Bill Edmonds of the Fillmore Lions Club
Bill Edmonds of the Fillmore Lions Club

Bill Edmonds has been a member of Lion’s Club International since he moved to Fillmore in 1984. He has been the chairperson of the Student Speaker Contest since 1987. In that time he has worked with 123 high school aged youth to help them prepare for the contest. Of the 33 winners, 3 have gone on to the region finals and one to the next level. He is very proud of all of the students who have participated stating, “It is a challenge for anyone to get up in front of a group of people, many of whom you don’t know, and speak in any circumstance. But to do it on a topic not of your choice and with the pressure of wanting to win, it is even harder. Those youth who have chosen to participate are hardworking, intelligent and thoughtful. Every participant brings a different perspective and, in the process, gains more confidence in research, writing and speaking skills.” In 1991 he was proud that his son Jon won the contest.

He is very thankful for the strong support from the staffs of Fillmore and Sierra High Schools as well as that of parents, other Lions and the community at large. The contest is judged by three community members who are versed in public speaking, public affairs and willing to interact with the youth to give suggestions and feedback about their speeches, including the late Harvey Guthrie who was in the Ventura Lions Club speakers contest when he was in high school.

Bill started his career in 1964 by teaching at Liceo Monagas in Venezuela while a member of the Peace Corps. He joined the staff of the Downey YMCA in 1969 and in 1975 started teaching in Lynwood, California. He and his family moved to Fillmore in 1984 where he taught at Sespe Elementary until his retirement in 1998. His wife, Lynn, and he have four children, nine grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. He has been active in the Lions, holding many offices and receiving several awards.

Bill has enjoyed being Speaker Contest Chair. There have been many interesting and relevant topics over the year. The topics are chosen by the Lion’s State Student Speaker Committee and include such themes as environment, freedom of the press, and immigration. Each topic asks the participant to think for themselves and come up with the problems and their suggestions for solutions.

The Lions Club Speaker Contest was started by Don Snyder in 1937 as a way to encourage youth to become knowledgeable about relevant topics, to state their point of view in solving the problem, and to be able to present these thoughts to the community. The first two levels are funded by the individual clubs and the remaining contests are funded by the Student Speaker Foundation. The California State winners receive up to $21,000 for their education.

 


 
Pictured above are the students who participated in the 83rd Lions Club Speaker contest this past Monday, February 3rd at the Fillmore Scout House.
Pictured above are the students who participated in the 83rd Lions Club Speaker contest this past Monday, February 3rd at the Fillmore Scout House.
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(right) 83rd Lions Club Speaker Contest winner was Anthony Campos.
(right) 83rd Lions Club Speaker Contest winner was Anthony Campos.
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The topic of the 83rd Lions Club Speaker Contest on February 3, 2020 was “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?”

The contest was held at the Scout House, led by Chair Bill Edmonds. The winner received $100, and moves onto the Zone #5 contest on March 14th, at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club. The Runner-ups received $25.

The contest was judged by Sue Cuttriss, Kate English, and Cynthia King.

Speakers who participated were: Eva Vieyra, Jennifer Orozco, Fabian Arantz, Carmen Isabela Ibarra, and Anthony Campos. The 83rd Lions Club Speaker Contest winner was Anthony Campos, senior at Fillmore High ; Runner-up Jennifer Orozco, junior at FHS; Fabian Arantz, senior at FHS; Carmen Isabela Ibarra, sophomore at Ventura H.S.

Congratulations to Anthony and all the participants!

 


 
On Monday, February 3rd at 3:22pm in the 3500 block of Grimes Canyon Road / Highway 23, a tractor-trailer and black Ford Fusion collided head-on. The collision blocked both lanes and the road was reopened after 4:40pm. Minor injuries were reported. Cause of the crash is still under investigation.
On Monday, February 3rd at 3:22pm in the 3500 block of Grimes Canyon Road / Highway 23, a tractor-trailer and black Ford Fusion collided head-on. The collision blocked both lanes and the road was reopened after 4:40pm. Minor injuries were reported. Cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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Saturday, February 1st a on the 5 Freeway in Gorman a single vehicle crash was reported around 6:10pm. When units arrived on scene they found the solo-accident vehicle on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway, north of Highway 138 according to officials of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. One occupant was reported dead at the scene and two others had to be airlifted to area hospitals. The deceased was identified as Carmen Sanchez Aragon, 50, of Piru, according to the L.A. County Coroner’s office. There is no additional information on the two injured parties.

 
Pictured above is the Fillmore Academic Decathlon Team, taking 2nd Place at the VC Academic Decathlon. Pictured (l-r) top row: Fidel Escoto, Priscilla Rivero, Fernando Gomez, Crystal Rodriguez, Anthony Campos, Bryan Magana, Paola Ruiz, Isabella Palazuelos. Bottom row: Coach Kellsie Weis, Jason Martinez, Maritza Campos, Destiny Carrillo, Brianna Morfin, Kenya Vasquez, Erin Overton, Sophia Pina, Mariam Bazurto, Aliyah Heredia, and Daniela Ruiz.
Pictured above is the Fillmore Academic Decathlon Team, taking 2nd Place at the VC Academic Decathlon. Pictured (l-r) top row: Fidel Escoto, Priscilla Rivero, Fernando Gomez, Crystal Rodriguez, Anthony Campos, Bryan Magana, Paola Ruiz, Isabella Palazuelos. Bottom row: Coach Kellsie Weis, Jason Martinez, Maritza Campos, Destiny Carrillo, Brianna Morfin, Kenya Vasquez, Erin Overton, Sophia Pina, Mariam Bazurto, Aliyah Heredia, and Daniela Ruiz.
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The 2020 Ventura County Academic Decathlon competition concluded Saturday, February 2nd. This year the Fillmore High School Flashes had 18 competitors who elected to compete in the 10 grueling categories of the decathlon. They competed against 200+ students from 16 other high schools in over 20 hours of strenuous competition. The results of their efforts were revealed on the evening of Monday, February 3rd at the annual Ventura County awards ceremony.

Our Flashes brought home a grand total of 28 awards, with 21 individual medals, 6 special recognition awards, and 1 impressive team award. The students medaled in all 10 of the decathlon events, earning 4 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals.

The biggest honor for our Flashes came at the end of the evening, however, when it was announced that the FHS team had earned a second place overall placement in their division. This is the highest placement the Flashes team has ever achieved, proving our students outwitted teams from many neighboring schools, including, Buena, Channel Islands, Pacifica, Rancho Campana, Rio Mesa, Royal, Santa Susana, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura high schools. Though they competed in a different division, the Flashes also outscored Oxnard and Oak Park high schools as well. Congratulations Flashes! The FHS Academic Decathlon program, Coached by Kellsie Weis, is in its fifth year since its inception. This year marks the team’s best showing yet. Detailed results are below:

Team Award:
Second Place Overall - White Division

Gold Medals Earned (4)
Isabella Palazuelos - Essay: Honors White Division
Erin Overton - Essay: Scholastic White Division
Erin Overton - Social Science: Scholastic White Division
Erin Overton - Art: Scholastic White Division
Isabella Palazuelos - Essay: Honors White Division
Silver Medals Earned (8)
Fidel Escoto - Essay: Varsity Blue Division
Isabella Palazuelos - Language & Literature: Honors White Division
Daniela Ruiz - Essay: Scholastic White Division
Daniela Ruiz - Interview: Scholastic White Division
Anthony Campos - Mathematics: Varsity White Division
Anthony Campos - Economics: Varsity White Division
Erin Overton - Economics: Scholastic White Division
Erin Overton - Science: Scholastic White Division
Bronze Medals Earned (9)
Isabella Palazuelos - Music: Honors White Division
Brianna Morfin - Essay: Varsity White Division
Jason Martinez - Language & Literature: Varsity White Division
Jason Martinez - Music: Varsity White Division
Jason Martinez - Art: Varsity White Division
Erin Overton - Interview: Scholastic White Division
Erin Overton - Language & Literature: Scholastic White Division
Fidel Escoto - Speech: Varsity Blue Division
Fidel Escoto - Music: Varsity Blue Division

Special Recognition Awards:
Priscilla Rivero - Commitment to Excellence Award
Erin Overton - Commitment to Excellence Award
Fidel Escoto - Team Spirit Award
Isabella Palazuelos - Team Spirit Award
Isabella Palazuelos - Highest Team Scorer: White Division
Aliyah Heredia - Highest Team Scorer: Blue Division

 

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Samuel Olguin Castro (DOB 2/25/73), of Moorpark, pled guilty to two felony conspiracies related to the illegal disposal of solid waste. Castro previously ran a company named “Sandbag Masters & Erosion Control” wherein he directed haulers of non-hazardous solid waste, such as dirt, concrete, tile and debris, to contact him for directions on where to dispose solid waste rather than sending it to a properly licensed landfill. Castro and his alleged co-conspirators hauled solid waste and disposed of it onto land not belonging to them, and without the authorization of the landowners of these locations. The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.

Between August 17 and August 25, 2018, approximately 15 loads of waste, weighing approximately 150 tons, were dumped illegally at Somers Ranch in Fillmore. Additional illegal dumping by Castro and his alleged co-conspirators occurred at a number of other locations throughout Ventura County.

The District Attorney takes the illegal disposal of waste at unauthorized locations seriously and will investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.

Castro is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2020, in courtroom 12 of the Ventura County Superior Court. Under the terms of his guilty plea, Castro faces up to 270 days in jail, will be ordered to pay victim restitution in excess of $400,000 and placed on felony probation for three years.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

 
This past weekend an Official Ballot Drop Box was installed in front of the Fillmore Library on the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. Written on the side of the box “Tampering with drop box is a felony pursuant to Elections Code 18500. For any questions or concerns contact the Elections Division’s toll free at 1-800-500-3555 or at 805-654-2664.” Be sure to cast your ballots for this year’s election.
This past weekend an Official Ballot Drop Box was installed in front of the Fillmore Library on the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. Written on the side of the box “Tampering with drop box is a felony pursuant to Elections Code 18500. For any questions or concerns contact the Elections Division’s toll free at 1-800-500-3555 or at 805-654-2664.” Be sure to cast your ballots for this year’s election.
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